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Amazon Drone testing deliveries in UK

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So Amazon are trialling this in the UK according to BBC news today

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-36887325

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Where's my shotgun mwahahaha
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Nah, CAA want £1400 for the test.

Seriously though, gonna answer this.

"Three big problems
The trials will look at cracking three big problems:
How can you operate drones safely beyond "line of sight"? The current rules say a pilot has to be able to see the aircraft at all times"

The rules say that but the reality is even most consumer drones have failsafe GPS and GLONASS positioning systems that operate using waypoints, If those systems fail, the drone returns home using previous positioning, if that fails it can be operated by a human.
And these are consumer units.

"How can you build a drone that won't bump into things? Much like autonomous cars it would need sensors to help it avoid objects"

Again, such drones as DJI Phantom 4 have side mounted crash avoidance sensors that work as part of its vision positioning system. And it works really well.
Won't be a problem though as Amazon will have strict air space to stick to. It will go up to xx height, move to target, then lower. Just like other commercial air traffic.

"How can you build a system where one pilot is responsible for many drones?"

Air traffic controllers been doing it for years, instead of telling pilots where to go, they simply enter a waypoint. Even if the entire system failed, the craft would simply stop moving and return via its own path home.
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This is the line that worries me the most:


"All information is stealable and all drones hackable", he tells me. "Anybody could steal one to deliver drugs or bombs.

If that is the case then there is no gaurantee that your item would get to you, and that the drone delivery system could be abused.

 

IF, and it is a mighty big if, they could get this working (safely and securely) it would represent a massive step in the home delivery operation. Imagine if any and all on-line order were delivered in this fashion?

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Drones dropping drugs is not a possible thing, it already happens...
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It is the future but they really need to think things out before this is an infallible way of delivering to your home. There are too many clever people out there to hack into the drones software. I'm sure the safety of drone flights can be sorted without problems but there are many factors to be considered before this becomes the normal way getting what you ordered delivered to your door. God forbid UK Mail get involved!

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@viridis wrote:
Drones dropping drugs is not a possible thing, it already happens...

Wouldn't Amazon have strict guidelines as to what these drones deliver @viridis?

Surely if they are going to trial this they would want to be absolutely sure at trial end there was limited bad publicity?

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@jonsie wrote:

It is the future but they really need to think things out before this is an infallible way of delivering to your home. There are too many clever people out there to hack into the drones software. I'm sure the safety of drone flights can be sorted without problems but there are many factors to be considered before this becomes the normal way getting what you ordered delivered to your door. God forbid UK Mail get involved!


Look...when you get home delivery companies leaving stuff in dustbins Yodel HDNL etc etc....there has to be something better and safer than that?

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